Can I get some opinions please??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by SummitFarmer, Jan 29, 2001.

  1. SummitFarmer

    SummitFarmer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 76

    I fairly new to this forum, but really enjoy the information and opinions given about the business. My situation is that I'm getting tired of the 'ole 9 to 5 and have the opportunity to purchase a LMO. I really want to do it. I have been doing some LC part-time for about 5 years now and have really loved it. I was wanting to see if any of you folks here have gone this route to get into the business and if so how it went for you. Thanks in advance.

    R.D. the Summit Farmer
  2. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    I would say most lawn care guys start part time and work their way into it unless they were given the company to start. I did and I'm glad of it. You learn as you go and get the feel of it first. I grew up on a farm so it is like city farming to me. :)
  3. Bob Shoaff

    Bob Shoaff LawnSite Member
    Messages: 64

    I have been doing things part time for years and I bought out a competitor just last week which was enough to make me feel good about leaving my corporate job. Today was my first day to not go into the office and I have never been in such great spirits. I have time now to grow my business into what I have invisioned it to be and I will be making more then the corporate job paid. I would say if your heart is in it and you are getting a good deal the go for it. You will be a happy farmer..
  4. Acute Cut

    Acute Cut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 980

    Congrats Bob. Glad to hear someones suceeding at this!

    Good luck to ya!

  5. zimm4

    zimm4 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 106

    Be careful what you pay. For some odd reson.
    A good % of the clients will find A different service.
    I bought out a carpet cleaner that had 1200 clients.
    I only converted about 200 of them.

  6. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    I bought a guy out last year. Got a mower, trailer, 2 comml accts, 1 church and about 8-10 residentials. I didn't lose any of them, they were his long time customers. I paid about the price of a wb mower for everything. Mower was about 8 mths old too.

    Between that and what I had, it made for a decent year.
  7. SummitFarmer

    SummitFarmer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 76

    This guy says he's just tired of dealing with all the hassles of the business. I don't get it. From his financial information, it looked to me he was getting compensated pretty good. I'm not stupid enough to think that owning my own business is all 3 drink lunches and Thursday afternoon golf(I hope to move this to Wednesdays, haha)but isn't that why we decide to do things like this is to have control of those hassles?
  8. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    THEY GET OLDER.Almost took me out one time.
  9. Ground Pounder

    Ground Pounder LawnSite Member
    Messages: 112


    Did this guy really hate the business? Did he not know what he had? If you acquired his biz and all his equipment for the price of one wb mower, do you sleep at night?
  10. Grassman

    Grassman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 203

    Sounds like 65hoss got a good deal. Down here in Fl. there are plenty of small LCO's to be had at that price, around 4 to 5k for a minimal amount of equip. and about $25 to $30 gross per yr. Good luck 65hoss, Russ

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